Les Arts Plastiques

Alicia Pawlowski of Les Arts Plastiques is a Bison mainstay by now (we think this is year 6 for her at the fair), and she’s always been such a wonderful part of our maker community. And it’s been such a treat to see her work grow over the years, too!

“I make one of a kind, limited run jewelry in sterling silver and brass with a lot of gemstones. My designs are heavily inspired by art deco and mid-century motifs.”


What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

How far back are we talking? A paper fish that was bigger than me with gold spray painted macaroni scales comes to mind (age 4).  Otherwise Britney Spears style seed bead fringe necklaces I sold on the bus around age 9.


What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

 I sometimes (read often) have ideas that are an unreasonable fit for my time/budget/skills. Failing at constructing an idea can be so frustrating and wasteful.


How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I put the torch down. Take a walk, go to bed, leave it for fresh hands. After taking a break, I usually have an idea of how to simplify things. Otherwise I’ll just sit there melting and burning up materials and gritting my teeth for hours.


Describe your current creative process in 3 (or more) words.

 I used to just sit and put materials together at random until ideas hit me. These days I plan a lot more, there’s sketching and practice. A lot of things lately have been inspired by modern art masters, so pouring over how to make a jewelry version of those works has definitely been a big part of the process.


\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /

 If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name?  Benji

Age? I wanna say like 5? He’s my boyfriend’s parents dog, but I love the little idiot.

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? He’s a grumpy, jealous little old man that loves cheese even more than me.